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The Almanac

Today is Tuesday, Aug. 3, the 216th day of 2004 with 150 to follow.
By United Press International

Lenny Bruce gets posthumous pardon

ALBANY, N.Y., Dec. 23 (UPI) -- Lenny Bruce, a 1960s comedian who died at age 37, was granted posthumous gubernatorial pardon from New York Tuesday for his obscenity conviction.

The Almanac

Today is Monday, Oct. 13, the 286th day of 2003 with 79 to follow.
By United Press International

Commentary: Ghastly graffiti griping

NEW YORK, Sept. 22 (UPI) -- A few words in defense of graffiti. (Please don't kill me.)
JOHN BLOOM, UPI Reporter-at-Large

The Almanac

Today is Sunday, Aug. 3, the 215th day of 2003 with 150 to follow.
By United Press International

Commentary: Joe Bob's week in review

Thirty tigers and 58 tiger cubs were found frozen in a freezer at the home of John Weinhart, who runs the Tiger Rescue animal refuge in Riverside, Calif.
JOE BOB BRIGGS

Comic Eddie Izzard on stage in 'Joe Egg'

NEW YORK, April 23 (UPI) -- A Roundabout Theater Company has brought British comic Eddie Izzard and celebrated actress Victoria Hamilton to Broadway for the first time in a powerful London

Hollywood Digest

Universal Studios Home Video announced in Los Angeles Tuesday that Eminem will host a party for the home viewing release of "8 Mile."
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

Rock News: Music's high and low notes

Harmonica virtuoso Kim Wilson was one of the key figures in the gala blues tribute at Radio City Music Hall last Friday, but he almost wasn't able to do the show because of a previous commitment to play on The Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise through the
JOHN SWENSON, United Press International

The Almanac

Today is Sunday, Oct. 13, the 286th day of 2002 with 79 to follow.
By United Press International

The Almanac

Today is Saturday, Aug. 3, the 215th day of 2002 with 150 to follow.
By United Press International

Today in Music: A look back at pop music

Today's musical birthdays include comedian/bandleader Phil Harris, a regular on "The Jack Benny Show," who was born in 1906; Mick Fleetwood in 1942 (age 60); Jeff Beck and Arthur Brown of the Crazy World of Arthur Brown, both in 1944 (age 58); Traffic's C
By United Press International

Today in Music: A look back at pop music

This is the Today in Music advance package, June 22 through June 28.
By United Press International

Excuse me for laughing

NEW YORK, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- Well, excuse me for not beatin' myself over the head with a frosted falafel, but I think it's just FINE to be clownin' around, makin' jokes, arguin' over whethe

Excuse me for laughing

NEW YORK, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- Well, excuse me for not beatin' myself over the head with a frosted falafel, but I think it's just FINE to be clownin' around, makin' jokes, arguin' over whethe
JOE BOB BRIGGS
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Leonard Alfred Schneider (October 13, 1925 – August 3, 1966), better known by the stage name Lenny Bruce, was an extremely influential and controversial American stand-up comedian, writer, social critic and satirist of the 1950s and 1960s, whose comedy revolved heavily around the social stigmas and taboos of the era in which he lived. His 1964 conviction in an obscenity trial was followed by a posthumous pardon, the first in New York state history.

Lenny Bruce was born Leonard Alfred Schneider in Mineola, New York, grew up in nearby Bellmore and attended Wellington C. Mepham High School. His youth was chaotic; his parents divorced when he was five years old and Lenny moved in with various relatives over the next decade. His mother, Sally Marr (née Sadie Kitchenberg), was a stage performer who had an enormous influence on Bruce's career. After spending time working on a farm with a family that provided the stable surroundings he needed, Bruce joined the United States Navy at the age of 17 in 1942, and saw active duty in Europe. In May 1945 he reported to his ship's medical officer that he was experiencing homosexual urges. This led to his Undesirable Discharge in July 1945. However, he had not admitted to or been found guilty of any breach of naval regulations and successfully applied to have his discharge changed to one "Under Honorable Conditions ... by reason of unsuitability for the naval service".

After a short stint in California spent living with his father, Bruce settled in New York City looking to make it as a comedian. However, he was in possession of little to differentiate himself from the thousands of other showbiz hopefuls that populated the city. One locale where these hopefuls congregated was Hanson's, the diner where he first met the comedian Joe Ancis, who had a profound influence upon Bruce's approach to comedy. What Bruce did in his acts later on was a direct reflection of his meticulous schooling by Ancis.

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